FIN 780 - Seminar


The Chair of International Finance will offer several slots for master students at the University of Mannheim in the FSS2018.


In this course specific topics from the fields of "Asset Management", "International Finance" or other areas of finance will be dealt with in depth. Students will have to work on the main topic of the seminar in some detail and write a term paper on a specific sub-topic that will be allocated to them. In the seminar, students will present their own paper, discuss another student's paper, and participate actively in the classroom discussions.

Learning Outcomes

Students will learn how to independently work on a research paper. Thus, the seminar paper also serves as preparation for a master thesis. Furthermore, students learn how to present research results and how to contribute to scientific discussions.


You must have successfully completed one core course (FIN 5XX) from the Finance Area (Albrecht, Maug, Niessen-Ruenzi, Ruenzi, Terberger, Theissen, or Weber) in order to participate (the exam must be in the month before the topic allocation announcement at the latest). Some knowledge of statistics and econometrics is useful and participants should be motivated to undertake empirical work.


You should write your seminar paper in English.

Form of Assessment

  • Paper: 50%
  • Presentation: 25%
  • Referee report on another student's paper: 15%
  • Oral participation: 10%

Assignment of Topics

The assignment of seminar papers is carried out via the centralized procedure of the Finance area. Please refer to the respective website for further information on the allocation process and criteria. The topics of previous seminars may be found Opens internal link in current windowhere.


  • Tuesday, November 20, 2017:  Topics announcement on the Chair webpage. You can find the topic descriptions Initiates file downloadhere [password: ruenzi18].
  • Thursday, November 23, 2017: Topics presentation, L9, 1-2, Room 001. Presentation slides are be available Initiates file downloadhere.
    • 2.15 pm - 2.45 pm: Wimmer
    • 2.45 pm - 3.30 pm: Theissen
    • 3.30 pm - 4.15 pm: Niessen-Ruenzi
    • 4.15 pm - 5.00 pm: Ruenzi
  • Monday, November 27 - Friday, December 1, 2017: Submission of priority lists. The link for the online application form can be found on the respective finance area website.
  • Tuesday, January 2, 2018: Topics allocation announcement and starting date. You can find the allocation of topics on the website of the Finance Area. Please contact your advisor to get started. Contact details are available here.
  • Tuesday, February 27, 2018, 12pm (noon): Submission of seminar papers (8 weeks, hardcopy and electronic version, which should include the data and code necessary to replicate your work)
  • tba: Seminar presentation session

Please note that the timeline is common within the Finance Area and thus cannot be changed individually, e.g., due to time spent abroad or internships.

Stata Tutorials

If you apply for a seminar and/or master thesis at our chair and your knowledge about STATA and financial databases is limited, you should attend the tutorials that provide you with basic knowledge about programming with STATA and the use of financial databases in advance. We will offer joint tutorials with the Chair of Corporate Finance (Prof. Maug) and the Chair of Finance (Prof. Theissen). Please also consult the homepage of the Chair of Finance (Prof. Theissen) for updated information.

Additional Guidelines

Further guidance on the seminar paper (e.g., formal requirements) is provided in this document.


In case of further questions please contact Fabian Brunner.